Sony launched a pretty cool new streaming service yesterday across PS4 and PS5 consoles. Actually, the service isn’t new. In fact, it was formerly known as Bravia Core and came pre-installed on select Bravia TVs. It is basically like Netflix but the service is known for its incredible streaming quality.
Bravia Core is quite a bandwidth-intensive service that requires at least 10Mb/s to stream movies. Sony says the streaming quality on Bravia Core is the closest thing you’ll get to inserting a UHD Blu-Ray into a media player and watching it. We’re talking the highest bitrate and all the video and audio codecs under the sun (gives Disney+ the side eye).
While this sounds great, and it really is if you’re a fan of high-quality movies and especially, Sony’s work, you’re not allowed to enjoy this because you’re a South African. Yesterday Sony revamped its Bravia Core service to Sony Pictures Core and released it across PS4 and PS5 consoles. The dropping of “Bravia” in the name means Sony is putting this app out there with support for other platforms and is now going after the likes of Netflix and Disney+.
Sony Pictures Core now lets PS4 and PS5 owners stream and rent content through the app on their consoles. PlayStation Plus subscribers will also get free access to a selection of over 100 movies which include high-res versions of Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV, Looper and Resident Evil Damnation.
Of course, while South Africans were also hit by the recent PlayStation Plus price hike, which was likely done to help fund these free movies and the Sony Picture Core app, we are not getting the service in the region.
Sony says the app is only available in 23 markets and you can already guess with that low number list, South Africa is nowhere near the top.
But never fear, while the incentive to stream super-high-res movies on your PS4 and PS5 sounds great, you’re not missing out on any actual content. There are no exclusive movies or shows on the platform that you can’t find on say Apple TV or Google Movies. It would be cool to watch Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse at the highest possible quality but we’ll live.
Source: PlayStation Blog